Guitar legend Steve Stevens is perhaps best known for his nearly 30-year association with ‘80s icon Billy Idol and his pyrotechnic playing on Idol tracks such as “Rebel Yell” and “Eyes Without a Face.” Additionally, Stevens boasts an impressive resumé of achievements as both a solo artist and sideman, working with a diverse range of artists, including such greats as Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Vince Neil and many others. In 1986, his contributions to the Top Gun soundtrack earned Stevens a Grammy Award. Considering his incredible experience, Roland approached the guitar legend for his take on our ground braking G-5 Fender Strat. Check out the video below for his thoughts and enter to win the featured G-5 Strat autographed by Mr. Stevens himself! More
Darryl has played bass guitar for the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Eric Clapton, Madonna, Sting, Herbie Hancock, Cher and Peter Gabriel. He also plays with an amazing trio, the Stone Raiders. Darryl uses BOSS effects and the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer.
John plays guitar for Rob Zombie. He has also played with Marilyn Manson, Rob Halford, David Lee Roth and many others. John’s innovative and versatile guitar style has been featured on many projects. John plays BOSS compact pedals and the Roland GR-55 guitar synthesizer. John is featured on the new BOSS compact pedal Connect videos.
There are 12 contestants from all corners of the world that will be participating in this year’s Loop Station World Championship. Here are the six remaining contestants and the performances that got them to the finals. Using a Loop Station, each finalist will compete with an original one-man song and will be critiqued by our celebrity judges as well as viewers around the world. More
There are 12 contestants from all corners of the world that will be participating in this year’s Loop Station World Championship. Here are six of the contestants and the videos that got them to the finals. Each finalist will compete by creating a one-man song using a Loop Station and judged by our celebrity judges and the viewers around the world. More
Lisa Harriton became the touring keyboardist and back-up vocalist for the Grammy-award winning alternative rock band, The Smashing Pumpkins, in 2007. Harriton appears in the videos for “Tarantula” and “That’s the Way (My Love Is)”. Since her work with the Pumpkins, she has toured/performed with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) Adam Lambert, Ke$ha and Natalia Kills, opening for the Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, and Bruno Mars. Also a singer/songwriter, Harriton serves up a soulful blend of Alternative Electronic music in her band, “Elle Rae”. Using the Boss RC-300, “Elle Rae” incorporates live looping with her vocals and Roland keyboards. Harriton will release her debut “Elle Rae” EP in Winter of 2013 on Broadstroke Records. She is currently the Chair of the Keyboard Technology department at Musicians Institute, Hollywood.
Berlin Belgin Ugursu – Baltimore, MD
Belgin Uğursu, aka DJ Berlin, is best known in her country as the “Queen of Pedals.” A loop artist, songwriter, guitarist and DJ from Istanbul, Turkey, DJ Berlin became interested in music at an early age. She grew up playing the baglama, a popular Turkish instrument, and eventually picked up the guitar. She moved to the United States to work on her music with Tony Jones, an American bass player and songwriter, eventually relocating to Baltimore to attend a DJ school. Berlin aspires to make music in the style of Deadmau5 and would eventually like to write music for film.
Vox Machina – Longmont, CO
Matt Murphy and Mister Tim combine their beatboxing skills, vocal prowess, and technical savviness to create their signature in-your-face sound. Fused with an eclectic array of sounds ranging from electro pop to funk, folk and rock, the two minds of Vox Machina have been in countless bands, productions, experimental groups and cutting-edge a capella acts around the country.
Paul Newman – Hollywood, CA
Super Tall Paul Newman could be best described as a multi-instrumentalist, utilizing the BOSS loop stations to act as the modern day “one man band.” He has played host to renegade shows and street performances for nearly a decade. Well versed in the art of improvisation, Super Tall Paul has created his shows based off of the rapport with his unsuspecting audiences. A truly unique vocalist and beatboxer, he is also skilled in playing the ukulele, flute, sax and nose whistle.
Robert Williamson – Dublin, GA
When his wife was diagnosed with MS, Robert Williamson made the decision not to pursue a career in music, instead working at a paper manufacturing plant to care for his wife and three boys. He has spent time singing in his local church, and placed second in the talent category and third overall in the 1996 Country Showdown national finals, the world’s largest country music contest. Williamson bought a BOSS RC-300 when a friend showed him a Jarle Bernhoft video on YouTube. On a whim, Williamson submitted a video to the Loop Station World Championship and it brought him all the way to the U.S. National Finals.
Danny Watson – Cincinnati, OH
Danny Watson has always loved the creative process of making music, especially live looping. He has been singing and beatboxing for the past six years and began rapping and looping two years ago. He is currently studying mechanical engineering at the University of Cincinnati while recording his first studio album. He plans to work on his music and grow in the industry for many years to come.
Steven Cantor – Alpharetta, GA
Steven Cantor, aka Heaven Beatbox, has recently emerged from the hip hop scene as one of the next up-and-coming beatboxers. A true hip hop head, he is also skilled in b-boying and graffiti art. Heaven has had numerous TV and radio appearances including BeatBox Event Europe (Paris), 95.5 and Q100’s “Atlanta Talented Show”, “All About the Business” on the CW, and Scribble Jam National Beatbox Championships. In 2008, he opened for Big Boi of Outkast. He began touring in 2010, performing in clubs and different venues on the east coast. He was most recently in Berlin, representing the United States in the World Beatbox Championships. He is currently the 2012 American Vice-Beatbox Champion.
UPDATE: The entry period has ended. Thanks to all who participated. Congratulations to Brad Rubac, our winner. Enjoy your new, autographed CUBE-20XL BASS amp!
Roland is giving away a CUBE-20XL BASS amp autographed by respected session and touring bassist Derrick Murdock, noted for his long-running late-night TV stint with Kevin Eubanks and The Tonight Show Band. To enter, visit the Roland U.S. Facebook page by September 6, 2012, answer a simple question about the CUBE-XL BASS series, and fill out a short entry form. One winner will be selected at random from entries with the correct answer. Good luck!
UPDATE: The entry period has closed. Thanks to all who participated.
Are you the world’s top looping musician? The time is now to show your skills for the BOSS Loop Station World Championship 3! Just submit a live performance video with any BOSS RC-Series Loop Station to YouTube™ and you’ll be entered for an opportunity to compete at the U.S. National Finals at the Musicians Institute in Hollywood. The top prize is $3,000 in BOSS gear and the chance to vie for the world title in January 2013. There are only six spots available at the U.S. competition, so give us your best shot! Don’t delay—the entry period runs for three months only, from June 1 through August 31, 2012.